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A Gift Giving Guide for the Grad Student in Your Life

‘Tis (almost) the season for gift-giving! If you’re still racking your brain trying to come up with some ideas for gifts that 1) will have a positive impact on the recipient’s life and 2) isn’t just a box of chocolates, this is the blog post for you.

It’s accepted wisdom at this point that when it comes to purchasing happiness experiences are better than things. However, I would argue that some objects can still enhance overall happiness by helping smooth over rough patches of daily life, or by making day-to-day experiences more pleasant. The following eight things, for example, have improved my life in small but tangible ways, and they could make good practical gifts for a grad student in your life:

For less than 10$:

Between 10$ and 20$:

Between 20$ and 50$:

Between 50$ and 100$:

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